Do you struggle with persistent feelings of sadness, lack of motivation,
or low self-esteem?
Are you struggling in your relationship, or coping with a recent breakup?
Do you have concerns about your use of drugs and/or alcohol?
Are you having difficulty adjusting to college, graduate school, or the workplace?
Is conflict with parents or other family members causing you distress?
Individual therapy can help you better understand your own mind, including ways of thinking and behaving that may be causing you to feel stuck. Many people who enter therapy feel they need to accommodate to the needs of others in order to maintain a sense of safety and equilibrium. For some, this means going along with what others want without expressing their own wants and needs. Others become angrier and more reactive than they would like to be, often as a result of having let their unexpressed feelings reach a boiling point. Both patterns of behavior can result in depression, anxiety, and isolation, as well as unhealthy coping mechanisms like substance abuse, self-harm, or avoidance of interpersonal relationships.
In therapy, I work collaboratively with you to:
Better understand your characteristic ways of thinking about the world and your place in it (your organizing patterns, or “schema”), including their roots in early, often painful childhood relationships.
Identify why these patterns have been upheld, even if they are no longer helpful to you. (Believe it or not, even painful symptoms often serve a self-protective function.)
Establish healthy boundaries with others.
Explore alternate ways of thinking and relating that help you feel seen and heard.